The Secret Pirate
Written by Elli Woollard
Illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson
Part of the Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate Series
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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | June 2016 Book of the Month Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it takes her all night – and no matter what her teacher Miss Lubber says. Lil is able to defeat Stinkbeard, once using school dinner as ammunition, and still come first in the sack race! Is Lil really a pirate? Parents and children might disagree, but everyone will enjoy her antics. Told in jolly rhyme that makes reading the stories particularly fun and easy and with lively black and white illustrations on every page these are the perfect step up from picture books to chapter books.
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- Edith Andrews, age 4 and mum - 'Lovely, brave, empowering role model for young children. Lil is great fun. The stories are brilliant with just the right mix of hilarity, chaos and frights with Captain Stinkbeard.'
- Lucy Collings, age 6 - 'I really enjoyed reading this book because I found it funny and I liked the character of Lil...a fast moving adventure with a strong, brave girl heroine.'
- Elissa Watkin, age 4 - 'The story was engaging and fun and wasn't too long so it held Elissa attention.'
- Mum, Emma with Sam, age 6 and Jack, age 4 - 'We really enjoyed both the stories...The rhyming prose is great as it allowed them to guess how sentences would end...We definitely recommend this book.'
- Gianna Smith, age 7 - 'This is a very adventurous book. It seems like it is all in Lil's imagination and she has a very adventurous mind which never stops.... I want to read more about Lil. I think she is amazing.'
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The Secret Pirate by Elli Woollard
Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, and when there is someone to save, she'll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she'll always be bold and be brave. When evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to kidnap Lil's teacher, it's up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to come to the rescue. In story two it's sports day, but there's a very hungry croc on the loose. Can Lil and her trusty parrot, Carrot, scare Stinkbeard and his pet croc away?
Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate, by author Elli Woollard and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, is the first in an exciting series with two rip-roaringly rhyming, brilliantly illustrated stories in each book which make the perfect transition from parent-led to independent reading.
About the Author
Interest Age: From 5
More books by Elli Woollard
Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
19th May 2016
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